NCE Team: Fallon Mulumba, Alex Pigeon, Monika Michalska, Denis Godin, Kelly Mezzetta-Calderin, Jean Saint-Vil, Sonia De Marinis, Stewart Fast, Brigit Viens, Florence Massebeuf, Pascal Marchand
Missing from photo: Mélissa Roy and Maria Vu
Dear NCE community,
2018 has, no doubt, brought significant changes to Canada’s federal research funding environment. Our NCE community has been particularly affected by two major developments: The gradual transfer of NCE program funds to the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) and the transfer of CECR and BL-NCE program funds to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF).
While this transition of NCE program funds will take place over the next several years, the Secretariat will be staffed by granting agency employees who are dedicated to providing optimal support to funded networks and centres. Each funded organization will continue to be supported by the Secretariat and will have an assigned Senior Program Manager to liaise with its leaders. We are here to accompany your organization through its journey as an NCE.
As you know, the Secretariat assumes a dual role. Impartial coordinator of the robust peer review process that serves in the selection and monitoring of networks and centres, the Secretariat also supports the funded organizations. In light of the recent changes, over the course of coming months, the balance of activities will shift more heavily towards this support role.
The Secretariat will guide initiatives such as the newly launched NCE GCcollab private discussion group where they have begun compiling a list of funding programs that may be of interest to the NCE community. This is also a platform where members are invited to share relevant insights, news and best practices.
For 30 years now, through the impactful organizations that you lead, as world renowned researchers and innovators, you have consistently brought tangible benefits to Canadians. In addition to the knowledge you’ve generated and shared, the enterprises that you’ve created, nurtured and grown, you have trained a generation of highly qualified people in Mathematics, Telecommunications, Robotics, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences and a host of multi-disciplinary strategies and approaches. We are extremely proud of your accomplishments, and it is our unchanging goal, at the Secretariat, to contribute to your continued success in every way possible.
A new year also means new challenges and opportunities. When I joined the NCE Secretariat for the first time, it was in the capacity of Program Officer coordinating the review of applications submitted in the 1995 targeted competition for Health-focused networks. It is with mixed feelings that I will be once again leaving the great NCE family, where I have worked for a total of 15 years.
As of March 11, I will be taking on a new role as Special Advisor to the Vice-President of Research and Innovation at McGill University. I am excited to embark on this new adventure and I am confident that the Secretariat’s Deputy Directors, Denis Godin and Brigit Viens, who will take on acting assignments shall lead the NCE Secretariat with excellence.
It has been an honour and a privilege to work with you. I wish you all the best for 2019 and beyond,